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August 2016 — Kickin' Back

Jul 26, 2016 10:00AM ● By Kendra Kaiserman

Kickin' Back
August 2016
On the cover: Layne Rodrigues
Photo by Amber Smith

We’re in the final stretch of summer, and if you haven’t checked all your summertime fun off your to-do list, now’s the time!

One activity to tackle right away: A trek through the wilderness. The South Valley is resplendent with hiking opportunities, whether you prefer climbing mountains, meandering along the coast or something in between. Or if you’re ready to learn a new sport, try your hand at pickleball – a mix of tennis, badminton and ping pong that’s growing in popularity.

We’re lucky here in the South Valley to have so many locally grown and produced foods. Dip your finger into some sweetness from Bradshaw Honey Farms, where healthy, meticulously tended bee colonies have been key participants in the production of sage honey, avocado honey, orange honey and more. 

Then check out the Gibson Farm Market, which showcases the work of Fresno State University students. Fresh veggies, milk, cheese, ice cream, meat, wines, jams, chocolates and much more are all produced by students, who also manage the market. Bonus: Every dollar received at the Gibson Farm Market goes back to students’ education.

Grab a bite to eat at Hazel’s Kitchen, where hospitality, period architecture and good food come together to provide a satisfying experience for Tulare locals and visitors alike. Prefer a strong cup of coffee? Lanna Coffee Co. has you covered, and you can rest easy knowing that your java jolt is helping Thai villagers.

Finally, we’ll introduce you to Carmen Gallegos, a local CEO and philanthropist whose Vepó Bottles have already earned her some awards. The catch? She is just 13 years old. 

It’s the last hurrah for summer – enjoy!